CFD of­fers safety tips for burn­ing in dry weather

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Se­vere drought con­di­tions have plagued not only the City of Cov­ing­ton but the en­tire state of Ge­or­gia for the past few months. Cit­i­zens should use ex­tra care when ac­tiv­i­ties in­volve any sort of out­door burn­ing. The weather has been very spo­radic with tem­per­a­tures rang­ing from the mid 40’s up in the 80’s. How­ever, the one con­stant has been the lack of rain through­out the state. So, The Cov­ing­ton Fire Depart­ment (CFD) sug­gests the cit­i­zens fol­low a few safety mea­sures which will pro­vide for a safe out­door ex­pe­ri­ence.

This time of year is usu­ally spent with fam­ily and friends out­side around a fire pit en­joy­ing the cool fall weather. The CFD urges that cit­i­zens use the up­most cau­tion dur­ing this drought pe­riod. Peo­ple can have a false sense of safety while us­ing a man­u­fac­tured fire pit, but the same pre­cau­tions should be fol­lowed re­gard­less of the fire pit con­struc­tion. The CFD en­cour­ages while par­tak­ing in such ac­tiv­i­ties cit­i­zens to fol­low a few safety pre­cau­tions. Clear away any dry leaves or other com­bustible ma­te­rial prior to ig­nit­ing the out­door fire. This ap­plies even if the fire is con­tained in a man­u­fac­tured fire pit. Avoid burn­ing on windy days. Al­ways have a hose, bucket of wa­ter, or shovel and dirt or sand nearby to put out the fire. Never use gaso­line or other flam­ma­bles to ig­nite the out­door fire. At­tend the fire at all times. Keep the fire small and man­age­able. If the fire gets out of con­trol call 911 im­me­di­ately. An­other fall ac­tiv­ity is clean­ing up all the leaves and limbs that have fallen. The Cov­ing­ton Fire Depart­ment does is­sue burn per­mits to al­low burn­ing of such de­bris. The per­mit is free and can be ob­tained at the Cov­ing­ton Fire Head­quar­ters lo­cated on Pace Street. Cit­i­zens should al­ways call 1-877-ok2-burn to check on the avail­abil­ity of per­mits in our area prior to burn­ing. If per­mits aren’t avail­able the City of Cov­ing­ton al­ways of­fers curb side pick-up of limbs and leaves. Cit­i­zens within the City should pile limbs and leaves at the curb for pick-up on their nor­mal trash day. The ma­te­rial should not be placed in the road­way. If a per­mit is is­sued the cit­i­zen should fol­low a few sim­ple rules. Ob­tain the nec­es­sary per­mit from the Cov­ing­ton Fire Depart­ment. Make sure that all com­bustibles are at least 25 feet from the fire. Avoid burn­ing on windy days. Al­ways have a hose, bucket of wa­ter, or shovel and dirt or sand nearby to put out the fire. Never use gaso­line or other flam­ma­bles to ig­nite the out­door fire. At­tend the fire at all times.

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